El Cajon native is named president of National City Mile of Cars

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

East County and San Diego native Jenifer Ball of Ball Auto Center has been named 2013-2014 president of the National City Mile of Cars (MOC) board of directors. It’s the first time in the MOC board’s 59-year history that a woman will serve as board president and she is the third-generation member from the same family to serve on the MOC board of directors.

Jenifer’s father, John Ball, 59, also served as MOC board president in 1983-1984. Plus, Jenifer’s grandfather and John’s father, Dave Ball, 80, served on the MOC board in the 1980s.

“I have big shoes to fill and very big expectations for myself as a third-generation Ball family member to serve on the board,” said Jenifer, 33, who previously served as MOC board treasurer. “I’m also very excited to spread the message that the automotive industry can be a great career for women.”

Jenifer attended Vista Grande Elementary School and Christian Middle School and High School in El Cajon. She graduated in 2001 from the University of San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in communications. Today, she serves as general manager of Ball Auto Center’s Acura franchise. The National City Mile of Cars, an auto dealership cooperative group features nine family-owned dealerships offering more than 18 makes and models in National City, Calif.